N.L. labour federation urges Ottawa to maintain postal service

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The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) says recent service cuts and rate hikes announced by Canada Post will have a negative impact on average Canadians.

Todd Murray, a letter carrier for Canada Post, braves the snow on his route on Battery Road in this file shot. The sight of a letter carrier on his route will be only a memory after the postal service eliminates all home delivery over the next five years. — File photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram

The federation is asking the federal government to consider options to maintain this public service.

In a letter to Lisa Raitt, federal minister responsible for Canada Post, NLFL President Mary Shortall said seniors and people with disabilities will be among those most impacted by door‐to‐door mail delivery.

Shortall said people with lower incomes will bear the brunt of rising costs. “I understand that Canada Post, like other public services, needs to adapt to a changing world”, Shortall states; “but drastic cuts to postal services do not serve anyone.”

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The NLFL says recent research from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) shows that there are alternatives to drastic cuts and hikes.

In a study, titled “Why Canada Needs Postal Banking,” CCPA, makes a powerful case for preserving postal services and improving Canada Post’s financial picture through the addition of financial and banking services. It points out that postal administrations in many other countries are generating significant profits from postal banking.

Organizations: Canada Post, Canadian Centre, Canada Needs Postal Banking

Geographic location: Ottawa

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